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Cosmetics Safety: Turkey Continues Cracking Down on Unsafe and Non-Compliant Cosmetic Products – January 2019

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Recent Developments

The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently announced the results of its cosmetics sector market surveillance and inspection conducted between June and September 2018.

What Do the Results Say?

The TİTCK’s Cosmetics Supervision Department published the list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products detected during the third quarter of 2018. Of the 354 cosmetic products inspected, 99 were non-compliant and 22 were unsafe. A total fine of TRY 845,300 (approximately USD 150,000) was levied against the responsible companies.

The cosmetic products safety results reveal that there is a significant decrease in the number of non-compliant products. However, total amount of administrative fines have increased remarkably compared to the Q2 results, despite the decrease in the number of non-compliant products. The TİTCK’s continuous inspection of the healthcare sector has become stricter to increase the compliance of cosmetic products with the technical legislation.


The TİTCK continues to demonstrate its commitment to periodical market surveillance and inspection in the cosmetics sector. All cosmetic products in circulation must fully comply with the applicable Turkish laws and regulations, and manufacturing companies must ensure they do not sell or distribute unsafe or non-compliant products.